Superfood from the Andes!
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on August 30, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
As you can see by the attached picture, this superfood looks a bit like a cross between a turnip and a beet – its appearance belies its reputation, though!
Maca is an important staple of the indigenous peoples of the Andes. It has been cultivated as a starch crop since pre-Incan times and has an extremely high nutritional value, being especially rich in essential minerals including iron and iodine.
Considered an ‘adaptogen,’ a category of herbs and nutrients that strengthen our stamina and improve overall endurance and health,
Maca root is renowned for its ability to enhance libido and sexual vitality in both men and women.
Also called “Peruvian Ginseng,” Maca increases energy, sex drive and stamina by its tonifying (strengthening) effect upon the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, a major hormonal communication system within the body.
In addition to enhancing sexual vitality, Maca is also traditionally used to support a positive mood and sense of wellbeing. This may very well be due to its exceptional nutritional profile.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan